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[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fik] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr fɪk/
ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.
resembling or made to resemble a human form:
an anthropomorphic carving.
Also, anthropomorphous.
Origin of anthropomorphic
1820-30; anthropo- + -morphic
Related forms
anthropomorphically, anthropomorphously, adverb
Can be confused
anthropocentric, anthropomorphic, homocentric. Unabridged
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  • Reversing the anthropomorphic process, the musical prides itself on how cleverly people can be made into objects.
  • The slender hands and feet and long eyelashes of these anthropomorphic mice help make their mannerisms believable.
  • Your article has a gently poetic cast, with an anthropomorphic undertone.
  • They left behind palace remnants, distinctive pottery and art with anthropomorphic jaguar motifs.
  • The anthropomorphic nature of this argument is extremely suspect.
  • Too often books about pet species are larded with anthropomorphic sentimentality.
  • It will track the adventures of a father and his two sons who navigate a world populated by anthropomorphic dinosaurs.
  • This prolix tale of an anthropomorphic armchair with a penchant for cheese puffs labors hard for little comedy.
  • Surely you can write about that without using anthropomorphic language.
  • For example, inside a raven mask are the faces of a whale and an anthropomorphic being with a beaklike nose.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphic


of or relating to anthropomorphism
resembling the human form
Derived Forms
anthropomorph, noun
anthropomorphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphic

1806, from anthropomorphous + -ic. Originally in reference to regarding God or gods as having human form and human characteristics; of animals and other things from 1858; the sect of the Antropomorfites is mentioned in English from mid-15c. (see anthropomorphite).

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